WHY DO WE EXIST?
Solutions Journalism Without Borders envisions a world where the power of journalism transcends borders and a generation of storytellers possess the skills, passion, and global perspective to illuminate innovative responses to chronic social or environmental problems in every corner of the world.
Our vision is to see journalism not merely as an observer of challenges but as a challenger of traditional narratives that dismantle destructive single stories about vulnerable communities, amplify marginalized voices and authentically hold those in power to account. By equipping students with the tools and mindset to produce investigative journalism that reports rigorously on solutions, Solutions Journalism Without Borders stands as a global force for change in pursuit of a more informed, empowered, and solutions-oriented world.
Solutions Journalism Without Borders is dedicated to nurturing a new generation of critical-thinking and purpose-driven journalists who are passionate about reporting on the world's most pressing social and environmental issues. Our mission is to organize and mobilize groups of aspiring journalists in underrepresented communities around the world to learn the art of solutions journalism, fostering a deep commitment to investigative reporting that focuses on what's working while maintaining uncompromising journalistic integrity.
Our core values at Solutions Journalism Without Borders guide every aspect of our program:
INTEGRITY: We uphold the highest ethical standards in journalism. Our commitment to truth, accuracy, and fairness is unwavering, ensuring that our stories are credible and trustworthy.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: We celebrate the rich tapestry of global cultures and perspectives. We actively seek to co-create and collaborate with underrepresented communities, valuing diversity of voices as the pillar of authenticity.
CURIOSITY: We foster a culture of curiosity, encouraging our students to dig deeper, question assumptions, and investigate innovative solutions that can provide critical insights to other communities.
RESILIENCE: We recognize that journalism can be challenging, but we encourage perseverance and resilience. Our students learn to navigate complex issues and continue to report on solutions even in difficult circumstances.
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: We instill a sense of global citizenship in our students, emphasizing the interconnectedness of the world and the importance of empathy and cultural understanding and its role in ethical communication. The global mindset we foster among our students promotes cross-cultural understanding and collaboration as essential tools for addressing complex challenges.
IMPACT: We measure our success not only by the quality of journalism produced but also by the tangible positive impacts our stories generate in communities and beyond.
Solutions Journalism Without Borders is not just a study abroad program; it's a movement that recognizes the role of journalism in shaping a better world. Through our vision, mission, and values, we aspire to inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of journalists who will uncover and share stories of hope, progress, and solutions that transcend borders and create lasting impact.
Stephanie Jane Capper, Journalist
Stephanie is a freelance correspondent, documentary producer and social impact entrepreneur from the Gold Coast Australia. She has written about human rights, social justice and their solutions for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, SBS and Huffington Post and has travelled the world teaching documentary film with Actuality Abroad, co-producing more than 20 short and micro-documentaries about changemakers Asia, Africa, and Central America. She currently lives between Barcelona, Spain and rural Guatemala.